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An index of Rhode Island’s leading economic indicators produced by Providence Business News and e-forecasting.com rose 0.6 percent in September to 123.3 from 122.6 in August. more
Sales of previously owned U.S. homes climbed more than forecast in July to the fastest pace since November 2009 as more buyers entered the market before further increases in mortgage rates. more
Stocks rose, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaching 16,000 for the first time, as China’s pledge to expand economic freedoms spurred speculation the country is headed toward more sustainable growth. more
As 2013 came to a close, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Rhode Island inched upward to 9.1 percent, a one-tenth of a percentage point increase from 9 percent in November. more
Personal incomes in Rhode Island rose 0.8 percent in the second quarter of 2013, after dropping 0.8 percent in the first quarter, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. more
Consumer spending on Small Business Saturday had cash registers ringing across the United States - up to a total of $5.7 billion, a 3.6 percent increase over the $5.5 billion in 2012. more
The rate of increase for the New England employment cost index declined in the three-month period ended September 2013, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report issued Tuesday. more
The trade deficit in the U.S. widened more than forecast in September to a four-month high, reflecting a pickup in imports of consumer goods and capital equipment. Exports declined for a third month. more
Rhode Island’s December unemployment rate of 9.1 percent ranked as the highest unemployment rate in the country for the second month in a row, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. more
Purchases of new U.S. homes plunged in July by the most in more than three years and previous months were revised down, a sign that growth in the industry may be taking a pause as mortgage rates rise. more
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